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An arrhythmia is a problem with the speed or rhythm of the heartbeat. During an arrhythmia, the heart can beat too fast, too slow, or with an irregular rhythm. A heartbeat that is too fast is called tachycardia. A heartbeat that is too slow is called bradycardia. Most arrhythmias are harmless, but some can be serious or even life threatening. When the heart rate is too slow, too fast, or irregular, the heart may not be able to pump enough blood to the body. Lack of blood flow can damage the brain, heart, and other organs.
RT with concurrent chemotherapy post surgery is effective for treating endometrial cancer

RT with concurrent chemotherapy post surgery is effective for treating endometrial cancer

Radiation therapy with concurrent paclitaxel chemotherapy following surgery is an effective treatment for patients with high-risk endometrial cancer, according to a study published in the September 1, 2014 edition of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology ● Biology ● Physics (Red Journal), the official scientific journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). [More]
Mice who have partial deficiency of gene SENP2 are more likely to develop seizures, sudden death

Mice who have partial deficiency of gene SENP2 are more likely to develop seizures, sudden death

A gene crucial for brain and heart development may also be associated with sudden unexplained death in epilepsy (SUDEP), the most common cause of early mortality in epilepsy patients. [More]
Simple awareness campaign in general practice helps improve early diagnosis of AF

Simple awareness campaign in general practice helps improve early diagnosis of AF

A simple awareness campaign in general practice identifies new cases of atrial fibrillation (AF), according to research presented at ESC Congress today by Professor Jean-Marc Davy from France. [More]
Permanent atrial fibrillation twins risk of stroke than paroxysmal AF

Permanent atrial fibrillation twins risk of stroke than paroxysmal AF

Permanent atrial fibrillation (AF) doubles the risk of stroke compared to paroxysmal AF, according to research in more than 6 000 patients presented at ESC Congress today by Dr Thomas Vanassche from Belgium. The findings suggest that a simple clinical assessment of the type of AF can help doctors to better estimate stroke risk. [More]
Study suggests that energy drinks can cause heart problems

Study suggests that energy drinks can cause heart problems

Energy drinks can cause heart problems according to research presented at ESC Congress 2014 today by Professor Milou-Daniel Drici from France. [More]
Novel document on ventricular arrhythmias published in EP Europace

Novel document on ventricular arrhythmias published in EP Europace

The first expert consensus on ventricular arrhythmias is published today. The novel document compiles current evidence on the diagnosis and management of ventricular arrhythmias and was agreed by international experts from three continents. [More]
Recommendations on arrhythmia management in ACS patients published in EP Europace

Recommendations on arrhythmia management in ACS patients published in EP Europace

The first multidisciplinary recommendations on the management of arrhythmias in patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS) are published today in EP Europace. [More]

FDA approves AliveCor algorithm for detecting AFib through ECG recordings on mobile phone

AliveCor, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted the company clearance for its algorithm to detect atrial fibrillation (AFib), the most common form of cardiac arrhythmia. [More]
Study sheds new light on how carbon monoxide could help protect hearts against arrhythmias

Study sheds new light on how carbon monoxide could help protect hearts against arrhythmias

A study, funded by the British Heart Foundation and Medical Research Council, has shed new light on how carbon monoxide could be used to protect against life-threatening arrhythmias after a heart attack. [More]
Researchers examine impact of extreme temperatures on number of deaths

Researchers examine impact of extreme temperatures on number of deaths

When temperatures are extremely high or low, there is a significant increase in the number of deaths caused by heart failure or stroke. [More]
Fabry disease awareness: an interview with Dr. Hartmann Wellhoefer, Head of Medical Affairs, Rare Disease, Shire

Fabry disease awareness: an interview with Dr. Hartmann Wellhoefer, Head of Medical Affairs, Rare Disease, Shire

Lysosomes are subcellular organelles that are present in most cells, with the major exception of red blood cells. [More]
New evidence for painless AF treatment to be presented at FCVB 2014

New evidence for painless AF treatment to be presented at FCVB 2014

The first evidence for a shockless treatment for atrial fibrillation (AF) will be presented today at Frontiers in CardioVascular Biology (FCVB) 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. T [More]
Scientists discover 23 new genes linked to heart rhythm

Scientists discover 23 new genes linked to heart rhythm

The QT interval is part of the heart's electrical cycle as measured by ECG, and represents the electrical depolarization and repolarization of the ventricles. Lengthened intervals indicate dysfunction in the heart beat and are liable to lead to a five-fold increase in the risk of sudden death from heart failure. [More]
Use of catheter ablation lowers risk for atrial fibrillation

Use of catheter ablation lowers risk for atrial fibrillation

Use of catheter ablation is not only beneficial for treating atrial flutter but also can significantly reduce hospital visits - both inpatient and emergency - and lower the risk for atrial fibrillation, according to research by UC San Francisco. [More]
Administering low doses of thyroid hormone to rats with diabetes prevents deterioration of heart function

Administering low doses of thyroid hormone to rats with diabetes prevents deterioration of heart function

Administering low doses of a thyroid hormone to rats with diabetes helps restore hormone levels in their hearts and prevented deterioration of heart function and pathology, according to a new study by NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine Professor and Biomedical Sciences Chair A. Martin Gerdes. [More]
Researchers develop self-powered artificial cardiac pacemaker

Researchers develop self-powered artificial cardiac pacemaker

As the number of pacemakers implanted each year reaches into the millions worldwide, improving the lifespan of pacemaker batteries has been of great concern for developers and manufacturers. [More]

iRhythm Technologies closes $17 million Series E financing

iRhythm Technologies, Inc., a healthcare information services company, today announced that it closed a $17 million Series E financing led by Novo A/S, a global life science investment firm. [More]
Researchers identify heart-specific form of protein that protects against irregular heartbeats

Researchers identify heart-specific form of protein that protects against irregular heartbeats

Researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute have identified a heart-specific form of a protein, BIN1, responsible for sculpting tiny folds in pockets that are present on the surface of heart muscle cells. [More]
Leadless pacemaker technology shows promising performance after 12 months

Leadless pacemaker technology shows promising performance after 12 months

Vivek Reddy, MD, Director of Arrhythmia Services for The Mount Sinai Hospital, reported his promising12-month follow-up data showing the world's first leadless pacemaker is demonstrating overall device performance comparable to conventional pacemakers. Dr. Reddy presented the one-year LEADLESS study data findings during his late-breaking clinical trial presentation on May 9 at Heart Rhythm 2014, the Heart Rhythm Society's 35th Annual Scientific Sessions in San Francisco, CA. [More]

Results from Sorin Group's study on Freedom Solo presented at AATS 2014

Sorin Group, a global medical company and a leader in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, is proud to announce the results of its trial on the Freedom Solo for approval on the US market presented at the 94th Annual Meeting of American Association for Thoracic Surgery in Toronto, Canada. [More]